Storyline 360 has a design grid, drawing guides, and a ruler to make it easier to position and align objects in your project.
- Displaying the Design Grid
- Changing Your Grid Settings
- Working with Drawing Guides
- Displaying the Ruler
The design grid is a series of horizontal and vertical dotted lines that display on your slide while you're editing. The grid won't appear in your published output; it's only visible while you're building slides. Here's an example of what the grid looks like on a slide.
To show the design grid, do any of the following:
- Press Shift+F9 on your keyboard.
- Go to the View tab on the ribbon and mark the Gridlines box.
- Go to the View tab on the ribbon and click Grid and Guides. Mark the box to Display grid on screen and click OK.
- Select any object, go to the Home tab, click Arrange, scroll to Align, and choose View Gridlines.
- Right-click anywhere in the slide workspace and choose Grid and Guides. Mark the box to Display grid on screen and click OK.
To set your preferences for the way gridlines display, use the Grid and Guides window. To open the Grid and Guides window, do any of the following:
- Go to the View tab and click Grid and Guides.
- Select any object, go to the Home tab, click Arrange, scroll to Align, and choose Grid Settings.
- Right-click anywhere in the slide workspace and choose Grid and Guides.
Here are the options you can set on the Grid and Guides window:
Mark either or both of these boxes to force objects to snap to gridlines or other objects on the slide.
When these options are enabled, you can still move an object without snapping it by holding down the Alt key while dragging the object. This temporarily disables snapping. When you release the Alt key, snapping will resume.
Enter a value (in pixels) for grid spacing, or use the arrows to increase/decrease the value.
Display grid on screen
Use this box to turn the grid on or off.
Display drawing guides on screen
Drawing guides are lines that you add to the slide to help you align objects.
They won't appear in your published output; they're only visible when you're editing slides.
See the next section in this user guide for more information on adding, adjusting, and removing guides.
Display smart guides when shapes are aligned
Smart guides are temporary visual guidelines that appear when you're moving objects around and two objects come into alignment with each other. They disappear as soon as you release your mouse button to drop an object into place.
Mark the box if you want them to appear. Uncheck it if you don't want to use smart guides.
Mark this box to lock guidelines in place so you don't accidentally move them while working with other objects on the slide.
Set as Default
Click this button to use the same settings in other projects.
Drawing guides help you align objects. Drawing guides won't appear in your published output. They're only visible when you're building slides.
You can turn drawing guides on by marking the box to Display drawing guides on screen on the Grid and Guides window shown above. Another way to enable drawing guides is to go to the View tab on the ribbon and mark the Guides box.
When drawing guides are first enabled, four guidelines appear on the slide—two horizontal and two vertical. You can add more guidelines and move them around the slide.
To create a new guide
Use any of these methods to create a new guideline:
To move a guide
Click and drag a guide to move it.
An arrow will appear, showing the number of pixels you've moved the guide. Positive numbers indicate a rightward or upward movement (relative to the center of the slide), and negative numbers indicate leftward or downward movement.
You can also select a guideline and nudge it with your arrow keys, one pixel at a time.
To delete a guide
To delete a guide, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
The ruler is another handy alignment tool. It makes common tasks easier, such as drawing shapes and positioning drawing guides.
To turn the ruler on or off, do either of the following:
- Go to the View tab on the ribbon and mark the Ruler box.
- Right-click anywhere in your slide workspace and choose Ruler.